So I strip out my coop about 4x a year. My guys free range most of the day. They mostly come back and lay in the coop. Generally when the amount layed in the coop goes down, I do 2 things. I look for hidden nests and strip the coop. As soon as I am done laying the fresh straw or hay in coop they right away go in and make nests and go back to laying in coop for a good while. So yesterday I rounded up the kids and we stripped the coop. Told DD 13 to get fresh hay. SHe went into the horse barn (used very infrequently) and got the 1/2 bale left over from last time horses were in. ANd THERE in that hay bale the chickens had made a nice little nest with 18 eggs! I had been searching high and low for a stash and boom there was one. I had searched outside. In barn never occured to me. Of coarse chickens were hanging around while we stripped the coop, and as soon as we were done they made nests and layed in there yesterday. So I guess they let me know when the coop needs to be stripped. They might be saying: "P U it stinks in here, I am SOO not laying in here!" ANyone else have this experience?